Spain Benefits & Details

Benefits vary by country in accordance with each country’s employment laws. This page serves as an overview of benefits for Spain. The Employer of Record for Spain, Remote, can provide additional details on the benefits that they administer (denoted below with *).

In addition to location-specific benefits, Shared Benefits are available to all team members.


  • New Year’s Day
  • Epiphany
  • Good Friday
  • Labor Day
  • Assumption of Mary
  • Spanish National Day
  • All Saints Day
  • Constitution Day
  • Immaculate Conception
  • Christmas Day

All holidays are determined by the Employer of Record and may vary by year. In addition to the national holidays above, Spain also has regional holidays.

Annual leave/Vacation*

Team members accrue 23 days of annual leave per year. The accrual increases to 25 days per year on the third anniversary at thoughtbot. Up to 5 days of unused annual leave can carryover to the next calendar year.

Sick Time*

thoughtbot ensures 10 days of fully paid sick time per year.

In Spain, the first 3 days of sick leave are normally unpaid. The 4th through the 20th day are paid at 60%, and the 21st day and on are paid at 75%. thoughtbot ensures 10 sick days by topping off the first 10 days at 100% pay.

Parental Leave*

All thoughtbot team members are eligible for both paid and unpaid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child. The paid and unpaid leave can be combined for up to 6 months of total time off. thoughtbot ensures 6 weeks 100% paid parental leave for all non-birthing parents and 12 weeks 100% paid parental leave for all birthing parents. In locations with their own system for paid leave, thoughtbot’s policy runs concurrently with the local system.

In Spain both birthing parents and non-birthing parents can receive partial pay from the Social Security Administration for 16 weeks. For birthing parents, 4 of these partially-paid weeks can be taken leading up to birth. For both birthing and non-birthing parents, at least 6 uninterrupted weeks must be taken immediately after birth, and the leave should be taken in full weeks, within 12 months of birth. thoughtbot will top off the payment from social security to 100% pay for the first 12 weeks after birth for birthing parents, and for the first 6 weeks after birth for non-birthing parents.

Breastfeeding Leave*

In addition to parental leave, fully paid breastfeeding leave is available for new parents. This leave can be taken in 2 ways:

  • 1 hour during the day, until the child is 9 months old
  • 15 consecutive calendar days after parental leave

Bereavement Leave

Team members may take up to 5 paid days off anytime someone close passes away. This includes pregnancy loss. We understand the deep impact that death can have on an individual or a family. If you need more than 5 days off, you can also use your accrued paid time off or unpaid time off.

Medical Insurance*

Medical insurance is available through Allianz.


Team members in Spain are entitled to 13th and 14th-month payments as holiday and Christmas bonuses. These two extra months’ worth of pay are prorated and included in the 12 payments throughout the year.

Collective Bargining Agreemeent (CBA)*

All our team members in Spain are part of a union.

Payroll Cycle*

All payments are processed through Remote. Payments are made in equal monthly installments on or before the last working day of each month, payable in arrears. All bonuses, stipends, and reimbursements are added to the monthly payments. The cut off date for submitting and approving expenses is the 10th of the month.

Notice Period*

In Spain the notice period is determined by the CBA and should be confirmed with Remote. The standard notice period for Spain is 15 working days.